Events in London – 23 March 2012

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Music, comedy & film

All the music concerts and comedy gigs in London on Friday 23rd March

O2 Arena
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JLS - at the O2 Arena

JLS originally shot to fame during the X-Factor before becoming one of Britain's most successful boy bands. Now they have announced a brand new "4th Dimension" arena tour for March and April 2012, taking in three nights at the O2 Arena.
Prince Charles Cinema
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Sing-A-Long-A Sound Of Music

Join Maria, the nuns, the dashing Captain and his gaggle of singing kids in Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music! A compere will be on hand to whip the audience into a Julie Andrews inspired frenzy, and fancy dress is encouraged. There's even a competition for the best-dressed nun/nazi/Von Trapp kid!
 

Theatre shows

Watch a play on Friday 23 March, or one of London’s musicals

Wyndham’s Theatre
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The Kings Speech

Now an Oscar-winning movie, "The King's Speech" tells the story of Bertie, aka the Duke Of York, who becomes King George VI upon his brother's enforced abdication. While the country lumbers towards World War II the king struggles to overcome a speech impediment which threatens his broadcast to the nation.
Old Vic
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The Duchess of Malfi, at the Old Vic

The Old Vic will be putting on a production of John Webster's Jacobean tragedy "The Duchess of Malfi", which tells the black and bloody story of the recently widowed Duchess, struggling to retain her dignity in the face of death.
 

Family & Kid’s events

Take your kids to London on the 23 March for one of these family events

Natural History Museum
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Dino Snores - Sleep over at the Natural History Museum

Have you ever seen the movie "Night At The Museum"? Well... now's your chance to find out what really stalks the corridors of the Natural History Museum as night descends, with the towering bones of Diplodocus nearby. Activities include a torch-lit tour of the famous galleries, and a live show called "Revenge of the Minibeasts".
Hampstead Observatory
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See the stars at Hampstead Observatory

Hampstead Observatory is a small observatory with a six-inch refractor, housed inside a rotating dome, and it has one major advantage over its more famous brother in Greenwich -- it allows the public to just turn up and see the stars for free. You don't even have to book.
 

Art & Museums

Visit an art gallery or museum on Friday 23rd March and see an exhibition

National Gallery
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Turner Inspired: In the Light of Claude

J W Turner was a huge admirer of the Italian artist Claude's landscapes. Two of Turner's most famous paintings were even left to the gallery on the proviso that they were hung between two of his pictures. This exhibition will showcase some other closely related works and includes oils, watercolours and sketchbooks.
National Gallery
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Titians Diana and Callisto

This special exhibition celebrates the National Gallery's acquisition of Titian's "Diana and Callisto". Its companion painting "Diana and Actaeon" was purchased in 2009, and the pair have now been reunited in Room 1. "Diana and Callisto" shows the moment when Diana banishes Callisto after revealing her pregnancy.
 

Royal & Religious

Why not try one of these religious services or Royal events on 23 March?

Buckingham Palace
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Changing the Guard, at Buckingham Palace

Strolling down The Mall to Buckingham Palace and watching the "Changing of the Guard" is one of the must-do events in everyone's itinerary. The new set of guards arrive on the forecourt accompanied by a military band, which they take part in a ceremonial handing over of the keys.
Victoria & Albert Museum
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Queen Elizabeth II, by Cecil Beaton

Cecil Beaton photographed The Queen as she went from being a princess to a monarch and a mother. This exhibition will feature nearly 100 of his best portraits. Also included are extracts from Beaton's own letters and diaries, which will reveal the intense planning and working practice of a royal sitting.
 

Political & Military

Parades are always popular with tourists – here’s some on the 23 March

Imperial War Museum
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War photographs by Don McCullin

Don McCullin is recognised as one of Britain's greatest war photographers. "Shaped By War" is a major new exhibition which explores both his life and work, and includes over 200 of his finest photographs, many which have not been seen in public.
National Army Museum
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Draw Your Weapons: The Art of Commando Comics

This explosive exhibition features some of the best covers and illustrations from 50 years of the "Commando" comic series. "Draw Your Weapons: The Art of Commando Comics" will explore the history of the comic from its very first issue, through to its heroic subject matter and its enduring popularity.
 
 

Classical music

How about watching an opera, ballet, or listening to some classical music?

Royal Albert Hall
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Lang Lang, playing the Beethoven Concerto Cycle

World reknowned pianist Lang Lang will be performing the first complete Beethoven Piano Concerto cycle in London, alongside conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra.
 

Free events

There are lots of free events happening in London on the 23 March

British Museum
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See the London Olympic medals, at the British Museum

The British Museum will be hosting a small exhibition showcasing all the medals that can be won at the London Olympics. Also on show will be medals from the 1908 and 1948 London Olympics. The display will tell the complete story of the medals from start to finish, from the mining of the metal to the creation of the designs, to the final casting at the Royal Mint.
 

Other London events

Don’t forget these other good events in London on Friday 23rd March

Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre
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Ideal Home Show 2012

The Ideal Home Show is now into its 104th year. The exhibition includes everything you ever wanted to know about refitting your home. There will be more than 800 exhibitors on display with goods for you to try and buy, and celebrity speakers will be one hand to give their tips.
Queen’s Gallery
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Antarctic photography, from Scotts expedition

"The Heart of the Great Alone" is a remarkable exhibition of photographs from Scott's Antartic expedition in 1910 and Shackleton's visit in 1914. The dramatic images include some extraordinary icescapes and shots of the ships towering above the ice.
 
 
 
 
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